The novel centers on Paul Atreides, the son of the Duke of Arrakis, a desert planet with so little water that inhabitants must wear bodysuits to conserve their fluids in order to stay hydrated. In addition to the lack of water on Arrakis, the desert contains giant sandworms that grow to be hundreds of meters long, providing additional peril for anyone who ventures too far into the desert. Paul lives an easy life in the capital of Arrakis until his family is attacked by the Harkonnens, a rival house who seeks to take control of the planet from Paul’s father. Consequently, Paul escapes into the desert and joins the Fremen, the nomadic natives of Arrakis, who tell him of a messianic prophecy that he may unwittingly be connected to. Paul, a product of a long genetic experiment, discovers newfound powers that he must utilize to lead the Fremen in taking back control of the planet. Herbert’s novel is all at once a coming-of-age story, an exploration of a foreign ecology, and an epic adventure saga. His writing is impressively eloquent, while still being readable and not distracting from the plot. Considered by many to be the best science fiction novel ever written, Dune is a fantastic read for even non-sci-fi fans.